He was rescued by a wildlife centre and was better the next day

We all know that feeling - a large lunch leaves us sprawled out on the sofa.

Similarly, this juvenile red-tailed hawk was rendered immobile after scoffing down another bird.

Photographer Steve Shinn managed to snap the stricken bird of prey on its back after a meal of a coot near a nature preserve in Long Beach, California.

'I shot this just after a big holiday meal and think I could feel this bird's pain,' he explained.

'I found this bird in a very unhawklike position looking very distressed. It had attacked a Coot near the stream and chewed away on it for about a half hour before it waddled about 50 feet and fell flat on his keister.

'It seemed to be breathing well so I called some folks who work for South Bay Wildlife Recovery, a wonderful organisation that mainly works with raptors and other animals.

'They had one their members on the way in minutes so I opted to not to disturb the bird by getting it upright as being on its back is not a good position as it can interfere with breathing.

'The stuffed critter was collected and taken in for some rest and recovery.

'A day later it was sitting on a perch and seemed none the worse for the gluttonous rampage. They plan to return it to the same area as soon as recovery is complete.'

Responses to "Juvenile red-tailed hawk rendered immobile after its massive meal (Photos)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    That is so cute and worrisome at the same time!

  2. Catwoman says:

    I feel his pain.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Hope he learned a lesson not to eat so much at one time. Glad he will be okay and will fly the skies again

  5. Anonymous says:

    Silly piggy!!!

  6. Phoenix says:

    Lucky for him he was found by this good Samaritan! Hope he learned his lesson ;-)

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